At the very beginning of the process, you should make sure that the program or project:
- Is central to the University’s mission
- Meets a need
- Has measurable outcomes
- Can be soundly administered (i.e. we have the skills and staff to run it)
- Is authorized and can be supported by the University’s administration
Then, you need to put the answers to these questions in writing:
- Briefly describe what you want to do. (one to two sentences to three or four paragraphs)
- What do you need to accomplish what you want to do?
- Why is your project or program important? What is the need or problem you are trying to address?
- What is the mission of the program?
- What are the goals and objectives of the program?
- What will be the result?
- Who will benefit?
- How will you evaluate if you have accomplished your goals and objectives?
- Why is Longwood the best place to be doing this?
- Why are you and the people you will be working with the best people to work on the project? A brief bio of each person working on the project.
- What is the budget for the program or project?
Answers to these questions will help determine if you have a fundable idea for a project or program. If someone takes the time to pull together answers for these questions, they are serious about seeking funds. In addition, answers to these questions form the basis of a proposal.
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